30 March, 2009

Makeover Monday

This is definitely one of the best lotions I have ever used.
My hands are often dry during the winter, and my job doesn't help. Between washing my hands many many times during my shift, touching wet laundry, and then touching and folding the dry laundry, my hands often get cracked and red.
And then, I discovered Winter Soft. This lotion is amazing! It's lightly scented and is a deep soothing moisturizer. I put it on after I wash my hands and before I go to bed at night. It's not greasy, and it lasts through hand washings. It really does make my skin super soft...and I don't just use it in the winter. If you have dry skin, I definitely recommend this lotion to you!
To purchase this or any AVON product, go here.

25 March, 2009

Napkin Folding

Remember a few weeks ago when I asked for ideas on what to give a speech on? I had to give my speech last Tuesday, and it went really well (I got an A!!!) I ended up demonstrating how to make a fleece tassel scarf. I was happy with how it went, and I got a lot of positive feedback from the other students in my class. We had to write down feedback and give them to each person after they presented. My teacher marked me down on my appearance...which I thought was odd, considering I thought I looked good. (I wasn't wearing my normal sweat pants and t-shirt, that I usually have on from my defense class, so I thought I was a step up) But whatever :) It was interesting listening to the other people give their speeches; they ranged anywhere from how to change a baby's diaper to how to golf to how to do an oil change. My favorite was how to fold a napkin, and I told Kat that I would give a mini lesson on my blog! It's really simple to do, and now I'm going to have to have a dinner party so I can show these off!

Step 1: Find a square cloth napkin. The starchier the fabric, the better your design will turn out.

Step 2: Fold two of the corners together to meet at the top, creating a triangle.

Step 3: Fold the left point of the triangle up to the top point.

Step 4: Fold the right side of the triangle up to the top point. Now you have a square, this is called Home Base.

Step 5: Turn your Home Base around so that the open flaps are at the bottom.

Step 6: Turn the entire napkin over, so that you no longer see the folds you have done. Fold each side of your Home Base in towards the center, overlapping slightly.

Step 7: Fold the bottom of your napkin up to the center to meet the other 2 folds.

Step 8: Flip your napkin over again, so you see the side with only the fold down the center.

Step 9: Fold the edges of the napkin down, creating a collar look.

I added a bow-tie for added charm, but it is totally optional. You can tuck the eating utensils into the the bottom, or put candy in it, or whatever suits your fancy :)

23 March, 2009

Make-Over Monday

I've decided to start something new on my blog. Every Monday, I'm going to have "Make-Over Monday"! I want to focus on some of my favorite products, probably one each Monday. You're more than welcome to recommend products or suggest ones for me to write about, or join in on your blog! I haven't decided exactly what my vision for this new "event" is, so we'll have to have fun together as it evolves.

I've noticed lately how many make-up and beauty products I have, and now that I'm a Certified Beauty Advisor and Avon rep, I thought it would be fun to do this. After all, what could be better to write about than something I have a ton of and a ton of knowledge about?!?!

I thought I'd let you take a glimpse into my beauty stash...and maybe get an idea of some of the products I'll be talking about!

See all the Avon products on the bottom shelf? Those my favorites and they get used every day!

And some of my hair care products

I have an entire dresser drawer of all kinds of make-up!

And now my first featured product!!!

This is one of the most recent products I've added to my collection. Cosmetologists recommend that you replace your mascara every three months. That is about how long mine lasts anyway. I had just finished my other tube, and I decided to try something new. It's Avon's newest mascara...Spectra Lash. It's really neat! It has a dial and you can choose 1, 2, or 3. 1 is full, 2 is fuller, and 3 is fullest! It's really handy how I can customize my own look!

To purchase featured AVON products, please go here.

22 March, 2009

Fight FOCA

We got a flier about this in our mailbox at church today, and I wanted to share it with you because I feel it is important!!

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) endangers women and silences the voices of everyday Americans.

President Barack Obama has promised Planned Parenthood that one of his top priorities as President will be to sign the "Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA) into law.

FOCA would eliminate every restriction on abortion nationwide.

*FOCA will do away with state laws on parental involvement, on partial-birth abortion, and on all other protections.
*FOCA will compel taxpayer funding of abortions.
*FOCA will force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilites to perform abortions.

Barack Obama believes this legislation will "end the culture wars". Tho him, "ending the culture wars" means eradicating every state and federal law on abortion-laws the majority of Americans support.

You can help stop FOCA. Visit and join the 692,651 (that was me!!) people who have signed the online Fight FOCA petition so far.

20 March, 2009


Since September, I have been going to SEM with Mike. SEM is Special Education Ministries, and we do it at Mike's church every Thursday night. Mike has been doing SEM for 5 years, and because I am at his house on Thursday nights, he invited me to come with him. Basically, we go and spend an hour with a special needs student. We start out with a group prayer time, then the leaders do a Bible story, we break off into one-on-one time with our student, and then come back for a time of praise and worship. When I first started, I would go with Mike and his student Brian. In January, one of the tutors moved away, and I was asked if I would do my own student, I agreed, so I have been working with Alice since then. It's a blast watching everyone each week. Some weeks we have special events, like square dancing, puppet shows, carnivals, or sing alongs. A few weeks ago, a group from another church came in and sang some Christian parodies of other songs. It was really fun! It really has been a blessing to be a part of SEM and I really encourage you to find out if there is a ministry like this in your area, and if there is, to find out how you can help them!

15 March, 2009

A Sweet Award

Jennifer over at Zaankali's Adventures gave me this "sweet" blog award. Thank you Jen! The rules of this award are to choose 5-10 blogs that show kindness and sweetness in their entries.
I would like to pass this award on to:
Julie at Memories
I really enjoy reading all your blogs and always look forward to your sweet stories.

12 March, 2009

One year ago today...

A year ago today, I got an email that read something like, "if your cool with it i think we can start telling pple that we are going out :)" To which I quickly responded, "yeah, i'm cool with's about time! lol" And that was the beginning of "Mike and Melissa". I can't believe it's been a year already! Sometimes it feels like we've known each other for a lot longer than 14 months (we were friends 2 months before we started dating), because we know so much about each other and we're such good friends. That's one thing I love most about Mike, that we're friends first. So I thought I would share some pictures of us over the past year.

Our very first picture together

Hagar Park this summer

On top of the world!!! Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Christmas Day
Our most recent picture...At Dani and Josh's wedding last weekend

So Mike...thank you for such an amazing year with you! You are such an incredible guy and I love you so much! I can't wait to see what the next year brings us!

10 March, 2009

Josh and Dani's Wedding!!!

On Saturday, two of my good friends, Dani and Josh, got married. They had a beautiful wedding! It was really fun for me, because I was Dani's Maid of Honor, so I got to be involved in a lot of the wedding planning and wedding day activities. It was also fun for Mike and I because Josh and Dani are the first of our friends to get married.

Mike was sneaky and took this picture of the bridal party when we were lined up to walk into the sanctuary.

Dani and Josh saying their vows.

The beautiful bride and I

Making it legal...Josh signing the marriage license

My incredibly handsome man and I

03 March, 2009

100 things

Well, it's been a while since I've posted...mostly because I don't have much to post about lately. I'm on Spring Break until next Monday, so hopefully I will have more to post about, like fun things I do this week. I will definitely be posting about my friend Dani's wedding on Saturday!!!
I saw this 100 things survey on Tori's site, so I thought that I would do it as well, some of the questions are kinda wierd, but that's what happens when it's from Facebook!
100 Things
1. Last beverage→ water
2. Last phone call→ my boss
3. Last text message→ Kaylyn
4. Last song you listened to→ 1, 2, 3, 4
5. Last time you cried→ I don't remember

1. Dated someone twice? nope
2. Been cheated on? nope
3. Kissed someone and regretted it? nope
4. Lost someone special? yes
5. Been depressed? nope
6. Been drunk and threw up? nope

1. blue
2. green
3. teal
4. silver
1. Made new friends → of course :)
2. Fallen out of love → nope
3. Laughed until you cried → all the time!!
4. Met someone who changed you → yes
5. Found out whom your true friends were → yes
6. Found out someone was talking about you→ yeah
7. Kissed anyone on your friend's list→ yeah
8. How many people on your friends list do you know in real life?: all of them
9. How many kids do you want to have→ 2 or 3
10. Do you have any pets → a dog, Tucker
11. Ever been on an airplane?: yeah...a lot of times actually
12. What did you do for your last birthday→ went to church and then time with Mike and my family
13. What time did you wake up today → 8:54
14. What were you doing at midnight last night → sleeping
15. Name something you CANNOT wait for → warm weather and sunshine!!
17. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life → nothing really
18. What are you listening to right now → the television
19. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom → yep
20. Have you ever driven a car? u yeah....every day
21. Have you ever gone to Starbucks?: yes
22. Would you rather read or watch t.v.?: it depends on what's on and who I am with
23. What's getting on your nerves right now?→ nothing
24. Most visited webpage → hotmail, facebook, myavon
1. What's your name→ Melissa Jane Maynard
2. Nicknames→ Melissa, Peaches
3. Relationship Status → in an amazing relationship
4. Zodiac sign: capricorn
5. Male or female→female
6. Elementary → Allendale Elementary
7. Middle School → Allendale Middle
8. High school→ Allendale High
9. Eye color: blue
10. Hair color → blonde
11. Long or short hair: shoulder length
12. Height?: 5 feet 7 inches
13. Shoe size?: 9
14. Favorite fruit?: any fruit is my favorite
15. Summer or winter?: SUMMER
16. Favorite vacation?: Cedar Point
17. Do you have a crush on someone?: can I have a crush on Mike? :P
18. What don't you like about yourself? → nothing really
19. Piercings → 5
20. Tattoos → 0
21. Righty or lefty → Righty
22. First surgery → never
23. First piercing → ears...when I turned 12
24. First best friends: Joy
25. First house location: Mescalero, NM
26. First sport you joined → soccer
27. First pet→ dog
28. First vacation → I think Canada
29. First concert → Jackie Valesquez
30. First sleepover: probably with Joy
31. First Job: babysitting
49. Eating → nothing, but dreaming about the chocolate cake I'll eat in a few minutes
50. Drinking → water
51. Wearing → blue jeans. green long-sleeved shirt
52. I'm about to: go make a 5 minute mug cake
53. Listening to → the television
55. Waiting for → tomorrow
56. Thinking → about cake (do you see the pattern here?? lol!)
57. Want to live → in Michigan
58. Want kids → definitely
59. Want to get married → YES!!!
60. Careers in mind → receptionist, massage therapist, bed and breakfast owner, hotel manager
68. Lips or eyes → eyes
69. Hugs or kisses → both, it depends on the moment
70. Shorter or taller → taller
71. Older or Younger → older
72. Romantic or spontaneous → both
73. Good body or good personality→ both, but I think personality is more important
74. Sensitive or loud → sensitive
75. Hook-up or relationship → relationship
76. Humorous or serious → Both...has to know what's appropriate for the moment
77. Trouble maker or hesitant→ also both :)
78. Kissed a stranger → uhhh no
79. Drank hard liquor → nope
80. Lost glasses/contacts → yes
81. Went on a date → yes :)
82. Broken someone's heart → i hope not
83. Had your own heartbroken → nope
84. Wanted someone you know you can't have → nope
85. Been arrested → nope
86. Turned someone down → yes
87. Cried when someone died → yes
88. Liked a friend that is the same sex? → uh. no.
89. Yourself → usually
90. Miracles → YES
91. Love at first sight → that's a tricky one...yes and no
92. Heaven → YES
93. Santa Clause → no
94. God → YES
95. Kiss on the first date? → nope
96. Angels → yes
98. Had more than one boyfriend/girlfriend at one time? nope
99. Done something you regret? no regrets. just life lessons :)
100. Posting this as 100 Truths? i guess so

Whew! That was long...and probably a bit boring...and a little juvenile...and I have no clue what's up with the funky numbering.
If anyone has any suggestions for posts or things you want my opinion on...let me know! (Then at least you'll hear from me! lol)
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